Easy step by step tips on how to repot your houseplants
There are many benefits to transplanting your indoor plants. One very important benefit is, all plants need adequate room for their roots to spread and grow. The roots become constricted leaving no of room for new growth. Roots begin to wrap around the ball of the plant and eventually inhibit new and lush green foliage. Healthy roots on the bottom mean a healthy plant on the top.
If you are not sure if your plants need to be repotted pot bound they dry out extremely quickly. Here is a simple checklist.
- Plant has inability to hold water. Are you frequently watering everyday and does the water run through the pot in a single stream?
- Yellowing Foliage.
- Soil looking old, dry or moldy.
- Root system is tightly wrapping around the ball of the plant.
- Roots are starting to grow out of the drainage hole of pot.
Now is the perfect time to assess the overall health of your houseplants. Transplant any plant that has been in the same pot for more than one year. I Always recommend upgrading pot approximately two sizes larger than the size it is currently in.
Don’t forget to keep turning plants three quarters each week to ensure even growth. Begin fertilizer schedule, once a week.
Here are a few quick tips for transplanting houseplants:
1.) Choose a pot two sizes larger than the size the plant is in. Make sure to choose a pot with a drainage whole.
2.) Select a potting soil with good drainage suitable for indoor plants.
3.)Remove plant from pot and loosen the roots. Make sure the roots are not wound tight in a ball.
4.) Place plant into new container and fill with soil. Be sure to leave a 1/4″ at the top to allow for watering. If pot is to full water will overflow out of pot.
5.) Finally, water plant in. Wait 10 to 14 days before you begin fertilizing with a 15-15-15 water-soluble fertilizer.
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